Swing when you’re winning: Jay Phelps gets his groove

AS slick jazz trumpeter Jay Phelps hits the road, Rob Garratt found out what makes the former Empirical founder swing  FOR Jay Phelps, it really don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got the swing. In fact it may be hard to find someone who has lived their life more acutely in tune with Duke Ellington’s mantra. After all, Phelps is the guy who walked out of perhaps the biggestUKjazz band of his generation, at the peak of its powers, simply because it didn’t groove enough. That band was Empirical, a sharp-dressed quintet of classy young players in slick suits, … Continue reading Swing when you’re winning: Jay Phelps gets his groove